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Saturday, September 28, 2019

What the Future of the American Ballpark Should Look Like

Even beyond that especially egregious example, the television viewer’s dominant perspective — that is, the center-field camera view of a stadium — can either make a stadium seem like an appealing destination or a sterile mausoleum…

Programs like ESPN’s College GameDay, NBC’s Today, and countless televised political rallies know what stadium designers often seem to forget: Putting your strongest supporters where the cameras are, and making their fervor the first thing anyone sees, makes for better television. We’ll place a seat-free tier of grandstands directly behind home plate. Every game will have a lively crowd for the broadcast, refreshed daily via ticket lottery, rewarding a new crop of avid rooters with a once-in-a-lifetime view.

Most of the proposals are impractical, but out-of-the-box discussions are refreshing.

OsunaSakata Posted: September 28, 2019 at 09:08 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: September 28, 2019 at 09:52 AM (#5883960)
Or, "Let's Make Baseball More Like Football!", Volume CDXLVIII...
   2. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 28, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5883982)
In fairness, for a chunk of TFA "Let's Make Baseball More Like Football!" refers to soccer. They talk about developing something like soccer-style supporters clubs and providing space for them in the stadium, but it could have been put in terms of trying to promote Japanese-style baseball fandom, or bringing back the fan clubs of 100+ years ago. I'm skeptical that architecture and promotion and nebulous "community involvement" can do something like that, but I'd love to see it happen.
   3. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: September 28, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5883988)
Fans need more stillsuits ...
   4. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: September 28, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5884020)
TFA is a fun read, thanks for posting.

I thought the most interesting proposals were (from a management POV) making the outfield dimensions/wall height adjustable by design, so you can play it to your team's strengths, and (from a fan/public POV) building elevated walkways over the field. I do enjoy a stroll.

Impractical and unlikely, but fun!
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:32 AM (#5884262)
building elevated walkways over the field.

there is a "bridge" high up in Madison Square Garden across the span of the arena that doesn't quite do that - but it's an interesting vantage point.
   6. Hank Gillette Posted: September 29, 2019 at 04:09 AM (#5884278)
I’m sure owners will willingly give up those $500 seats and let the riff-raff sit there.
   7. Jose Canusee Posted: September 30, 2019 at 10:01 PM (#5884819)
Players hit high arcing popups so putting a pedestrian walk over the field or flattening the roof to direct sound onto the field will invite roof/catwalk deflections.
   8. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: October 01, 2019 at 06:12 AM (#5884841)
I do like the idea of the focus on acoustics. If you're trying to sell fans on the value of being at the ballpark, that seems like one of the things that will play well in commercials (even if you're using footage of an LCS 7th game rally to try to sell a sleepy June Sunday afternoon ticket package). I can see the argument that visuals at home are better than live, what with the close-ups and all, but as far as I know, no-one's broadcasting games in surround sound.

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